Coach Terry Bowden took advantage of Thursday’s blustery but gorgeous weather and took his team outside for practice.
Although he confessed that the team gets more accomplished outside, the windy weather allows the reality of game play into practice. That means the quarterbacks and receivers along with the defense backs and special teams can make adjustments outside.
Thursday, however it was the offense’s day.
Offense: Starting quarterback Kyle Pohl looked especially crisp, showing an ability to deliver the ball. Additionally, the Zips showed a glimpse of how they’d use his skill set – particularly his ability to run – to make plays. The first unit offensive line also looked up to snuff. Pohl remained protected and the defense wasn’t able to get to him. Pohl led several successful touchdown drives and the first unit scored several times in red zone offense – Pohl ran for one as did running back Jawon Chisholm in that situation. Also, No. 2 running back Conor Hundley ripped off a 55-yard TD run, the type of play that Bowden has sought since arriving in Akron.
Unfortunately the second team offense didn’t have as easy as mistakes marred their efforts. Right now Bowden is in search of a reliable No. 2 guy and for now that appears to be 6-foot, 195 lbs. redshirt freshman Dalton Easton, who made a couple of nice throws , but couldn’t generate sustained offense.
Standouts: Pohl, Hundley , Chisholm and D.J. Jones continues to show the ability to make defenders miss.
Defense: It was a tough outing for the first unit as they struggled to gain any traction against the first team. Defensive end Albert Presley, who must earn his starting spot back, saw some time with the first unit and came closest to inflicting some damage as he got a little pressure on Pohl. It was the second defensive unit that inflicted more damage on their counterparts as Easton saw a lot of pressure, including a couple of sacks.
Standouts: Jason Stargel, the true freshman out of Cincinnati continued to impress as he and Connor Seeman converged on a sack. One DB whose number couldn't be made out, grabbed a pick.
Impressive play: Hundley’s 55-yard run sparked the entire offense.